Lyndon hires new city administrator

LYNDON – The city of Lyndon will have a new city administrator, effective July 15, 2014, after action taken during a special meeting Monday evening. After a 20-minute executive session, the Lyndon City Council authorized the mayor to sign an employment agreement with Betty Thompson.

The action followed another special council meeting held June 23, during which the council authorized offering an employment agreement to an unnamed candidate.

Council members said Thompson was from the Kansas City area, had formerly served as city administrator for the northwest Kansas town of Quinter, population 918, and had other municipal government experience.

Council discussion indicated Thompson was one of two candidates interviewed for the position; the other candidate is to be notified of the council’s decision to hire Thompson.

According to the employment agreement, signed by Thompson on June 26, compensation will be $44,000 annually plus benefits, including vacation, sick leave, and eligibility to participate in the city’s health insurance. The contract stipulates that Thompson is to reside in Lyndon within four months of employment. Upon becoming a bona fide resident of Lyndon, she is to be paid $2,000 in moving expenses.

Thompson’s first official day on the job will be July 15. She will be filling the vacancy created when former city administrator Kim Newman resigned in March to take a job in Mendon, Mass.

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